Laptop accelerometer support

Bug #25095 reported by KeithCu
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Bug Description

New IBM and other (I've heard some Toshibas support it as well) have an
accelerometer in them which parks the hard drive when the laptop is dropped.

The Linux kernel 2.6.14 supports it, but perhaps it needs a GNOME applet or some
logging to know that it works.;a=commit;h=860e1d6b46bd4cbc67d8d065f0f682143513382f

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KeithCu (keithcu) wrote :

IBM calls it Hard Drive Active Protection System (HDAPS)

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Martin Bergner (martin-bergner) wrote :

Thanks for your report. Your idea might get more attention and have
the possibility of being implemented if you would submit a
specification for this.

You should first check whether it already exists at the Ubuntu specs
page ( in Launchpad. If
that is the case, feel free to contact the drafter of that spec about
your comments/suggestions. Otherwise you can start writing a spec
following the steps described in

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KeithCu (keithcu) wrote : Re: [Bug 25095] Re: Laptop accelerometer support

This needs to get built into gnome. I doubt writing a spec in ubuntu will

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Caroline Ford (secretlondon) wrote :

If it is decided that its needed we'd pass it upstream to gnome. The problem would be that according to the upstream bug there is no standard for this hardware - the current driver is IBM-specific.

Gnome have described this as 'wishlist'.

I'm closing this bug as it isn't one - writing a spec is the way forward for this now.

Changed in gnome-desktop:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
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